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RN to MSN Bridge Program


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Registered Nurses who have obtained a baccalaureate in a discipline other than nursing are eligible to apply to the RN to MSN Bridge Program. Students are eligible to begin graduate level course work once all Baccalaureate Nursing competency requirements are completed with a QPA of > 3.0.

Admission Requirements:

Below is the list of initial admission requirements:

  • Completion of the online "Application to the RN to MSN Bridge Program" (no charge)
  • Submission of official transcripts from all postsecondary schools attended
  • Grade Point Average (GPA > 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale) from pre-licensure nursing program
  • Active RN licensure in Pennsylvania or eligibility for licensure by endorsement
  • Two (2) professional references, one from a nursing supervisor

Once accepted to the MSN program, an RN with a non-nursing baccalaureate degree will need to demonstrate Baccalaureate Nursing Competency as determined by program faculty. The student will be eligible to begin graduate level course work once all competency requirements are completed with a QPA of > 3.0.

Baccalaureate Nursing Competency:

The following table displays the basic courses that would otherwise fulfill baccalaureate competency for RNs who receive their baccalaureate degrees in the discipline of nursing. Suggestions are provided for an alternative demonstration of competency of RNs who receive their baccalaureate degrees in other areas of study.

Competency Approaches to Demonstrating Competency
BIOL 205: Pathophysiology
  • RNs must complete course equivalent
BIOL 206: Microbiology for the Health Science
  • RNs must complete course equivalent
PSYC 207: Lifespan Developmental Psychology
  • RNs must complete course equivalent

CHEM 108: Chemistry

  • RNs must complete course equivalent
MATH 107: Statistics
  • RNs must complete course equivalent

The following table displays nursing courses that fulfill baccalaureate competency for RNs who receive their baccalaureate degrees with a nursing major. Suggestions are provided for alternative approaches for demonstration of nursing competency by RNs who receive their baccalaureate degrees in disciplines other than nursing.

Nursing Competency Approaches to Demonstrating Competency
NURS 324: Cornerstone of Professional Nursing
  • This is a required course competency.
NURS 331: Holistic Assessment
  • RNs must complete course equivalent
NURS 332: Embracing the Dynamic and Challenged Community
  • RNs must complete course equivalent
NURS 333: Evidence-Based Nursing Practice
  • RNs must complete course equivalent
NURS 334: Professional Nurse as Emerging Leader
  • RNs must complete course equivalent

Additional information can be found here:  

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Lori Hoffman, PhD, RN
Master of Science in Nursing Program Director
Ph: 610-625-7769 | Email: hoffmanl@moravian.edu

For more information about the RN to MSN Bridge program, to speak with an advisor, or to make an appointment, call us at 610-861-1400 or email graduate@moravian.edu, or contact Caroline Febbo, Student Experience Mentor, at 610-625-7131 or febboc@moravian.edu.